The ICKB Girls are a team of five women who appreciate the sport of kettlebell lifting. These five women are from different backgrounds and have full time jobs outside of training. This first all-female Kettlebell lifting team recently competed against 18,000 athletes at the Arnold Sports Festival which is the largest sports expo in the country. The ICKB Girls won 4 national championship titles: gold, silver, and bronze in the women’s pro biathlon and a gold in the women’s pro long cycle.
What is kettlebell lifting you may ask? A kettlebell is a Russian cast iron weight that looks like a ball with a handle – sort of like a tea kettle but a heck of a lot heavier. Kettlebells are a great training tool for ballistic movements and helps strengthen the core and increase strength and stamina. Participants lift the kettlebell with one hand, lower it, then switch to the other hand without setting it down. The winner is determined by the highest number of reps achieved in each hand within a certain time frame.
The two main competitions are the clean and snatch biathlon and the long cycle clean and jerk. There are various organizations that sanction kettlebell lifting competitions such as the American Kettlebell Club and the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation.
Four-time gold medalist Mayachela “Maya” Garcia is the co-founder of Ice Chamber, an athletic training company in the San Francisco Bay area, and the captain of Ice Chamber Kettlebell team. She earned one of the highest rankings in kettlebell lifting, Master of Sport, and was recently the only female to attend the WKC Kettlebell sport camp in Greece.